We held our last open casting session this past weekend. I’m excited about the talent and what they’re going to be able to bring to this film. We have a mix of theater players, experienced actors and novices. We have two more reads next week and then we’ll be making final decisions. In some cases, it’s going to be a tough choice.
We also took a tour of the location with our Production Designer. He took some photos that captured the colors and textures that will help make A Country Wedding look good.
Finding and studying locations is kind of like checking out real estate. You immediately begin picturing how your story is going to inhabit the space. It’s fun. We weren’t quite sure about the church we’ll be using…it didn’t fit our preconceived notions based on our reading of the script. But after mulling it over, it just felt right. Now when I think of the story, this location has taken over and supplanted my earlier images. I’m looking forward to having the actors do the same with the characters.
The great thing about our location is the blend of saturated colors and textures. It’s an old church in a small town in the central Willamette Valley. Many of the interiors of the church will serve for bedrooms and other locations. There are abandoned buildings outside the church that will also work nicely as background.